Monday Message


Month 4

Please take note that Month 4 is only 3 weeks long, and the next turn-in Friday is on December 14. Month 5 will start on Monday, December 17, the week prior to Winter break.

Elementary Art

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Who's on the front page?

A special someone here at Mt. Everest Academy made the front page of the Union Tribune! Can you guess who?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out.

P.A.L.S. Tutors Available

Tuesdays-Thursdays / 8:30-10:30 / Room 7

Calling all students in grades K-6! The P.A.L.S. Lab wants you! We have a stellar group of trained tutors who are eager to work with their younger peers.

Parents, please sign your child in at the Makerspace and be sure they bring a check-in form filled out (or you can fill it out at drop off) so the tutor knows what they need to work on. At the end of the session, the tutor will fill out the bottom portion of the form to let you know what was completed and how things went.

Take advantage of the synergy created from cross-age tutoring, benefitting both the tutor and the tutee!

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SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, November 28 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 5 / 6:00-7:00pm / MEA Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Author Visit & Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 6 / Auditorium

12:00-1:00 AUTHOR VISIT

Children's book author, Henry Herz, will be visiting the Mt. Everest Academy community! Mr. Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children, but everyone is welcome to attend. He will have his books available for purchase until 2:00pm! Plus, it's a thrill to have a book signed by the author!

Mrs. Vivian will be reading his book "How the Squid Got Two Long Arms" during Library Time the week of November 26. For questions, please contact Vivian Sink at


Come create holiday art with crafty facilitators Mrs. Flo, Ms. Suzie, and Mrs. Vivian! We promise a fun time for all!

December 6 flyer

Ice Skating

Friday, December 7 / 10:00-1:00

NTC at Liberty Station / 2875 Dewey Road

Don't miss the annual MEA Ice Skating Event! No sign ups are needed. Just let the ticket office know that you're with the Mt. Everest Academy group, and the cost for each skater will be $5.00. For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen,


Save the date for our annual Legoland field trip! Sign up by 12/21.

When: Friday, Feb. 8
What: Tickets include admission to both Legoland and the Sea Life aquarium
Cost: Tickets for children are $15, adults are $32 (unless you sign up in a 3:1 ratio with children. Then adults are $15)

Free parking passes are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Come sign up and pay (cash only) at the front office by 12/21. Yay!

Theatre Co.- Save the dates!

Pre Audition Meeting/Workshop: December 13th (Time TBD)


Monday, January 7th from 12-2pm

Tuesday, January 8th from 1:30-3:30

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 9th from 12-2pm

First Rehearsal: Wednesday, January 16th


Toy and Gift Card Drive

Mt. Everest Academy is having another toy and gift card drive this year for the San Diego Center for Children. The SD Center for Children provides services to children and teens struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. You can help make their season brighter by giving a new unwrapped item from this Wish List.

We're collecting the new toys and gift cards until December 5. A donation bin is located in the front office. Thank you in advance to this beautiful MEA community!

High School reps needed for our School Site Council

The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage.


If you are interested in representing the student body and can make the meetings listed below, please nominate yourself by emailing Principal Browne at

All meetings are on a Wednesday, 2:00-3:00.

  • November 28
  • January 16, 2019
  • February 13
  • March 20
  • April 24
  • May 22

See's Fundraiser Update

Hello MEA Families!

Thank you so much to all of you who participated in our See’s fundraiser! The candy should be available for pick up next week-a final confirmation will go out next Monday! Candy will be available in the main office.

Prizes for students in K-6 (prize box) will be available in the next few weeks before our December break. (Look to the Monday Message for details!) The breakfast/ice cream get together will happen in January.

Prom ticket announcement will happen once totals are tallied!

We are still finalizing totals and are accepting any stray orders this week through Thursday at the absolute latest. A final order will go in next Thursday afternoon.

Again, we are so appreciative to those who participated in getting donations and candy orders for our school. All of our profit goes back to YOU, our school community, so we may foster fun and learning together.

Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me any time! Miss Barb

Where in the world is Ms. Pachon?

Ms. Pachon's incredible adventures continue!

  • Discovered delicious recipes for vegan Vietnamese food
  • Flew from Nepal to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam
  • Her phone was stolen in Hanoi
  • Explored the beautiful Cat Ba Island in Vietnam on a motor scooter
  • Climbed to the top of Monkey Island

Check it out at


Please find the most up-to-date schedule on our website, This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Crochet Workshop

Tuesdays / 12:30-1:00 / Room 7

Come learn beginning crochet! Our first project will be using chains and pinwheels to make holiday decorations.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

Financial Aid follow up for Seniors

Thursday, December 6 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

Mr. Zappala will check in with students on the progress of their FAFSA, Cal Grants and scholarship applications. Free pizza will be served!

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4th grade Library Time

There will be no 4th grade Library Time this Thursday at 12:00 as Ms. Vivian will be reading them a story in their class.

5th grade Library Time

Starting next week on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Library Time for 5th graders will change from meeting on Wednesdays to Tuesdays at 12:30.

November Library Challenge

The November challenge is up! We have new prizes from Yogurtland and Luna Grill, find it here:

Free EBook

Parents, the last day to get your free eBook for signing up for BookIt is November 30.

Info is here:


October reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a November reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


S.T.E.A.M. Workshops

Saturday, December 1 and/or Saturday, December 10

9:00am-12:00pm / Mesa College

Treobytes, in partnership with San Diego Mesa College, has developed a series of STEAM Special Projects. They will take students beyond the fundamentals and develop intermediate to advanced skills. The students will be partnered with college mentors to collaborate and develop projects leading to competitions and industry exposure.

The STEAM Special Project workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Solar Rollers - Microprocessors and R/C Controlled racers
  • Programming - Humanoid NAO
  • Introduction to Virtual Reality
  • Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing

King Tides Project

Sunday, December 23 / 3:00-5:00pm

Monday, January 21 / 9:00-11:00am

King Tides are coming! Students can contribute to a citizen science project to photograph the highest high tides of the year. King tides photos offer a living record of the changes to our coast and a glimpse of what our daily tides will look like in the future as a result of sea level rise. Students can take their own photos and upload them to the California King Tides website.

Visit to find King Tides times and heights for a location near you, info on how to participate in the project, a gallery of King Tides photos, a calendar of more than a dozen community events (like King Tides nature walks and beach cleanups), and more.

"Christmas on Broadway"

Saturday, December 8

12:00 / 3:30 / 7:00pm

San Diego Ice Arena

Many of our ice-skating MEA students will be in this show!

The San Diego Figure Skating Club is sponsoring "Christmas on Broadway" on December 8. The San Diego Ice Arena is located at 11048 Ice Skate Place. Show flyer


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Ms. Suzanne Wilson

Ms. Suzie, one of our librarians, was attending a Veterans Day Memorial Service at the Veterans Tribute Tower and Carillon at the Miramar National Cemetery. A photographer caught this beautiful picture of her at just the right moment!